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this year's session ends at midnight. from the budget to sex offender legislation there's a lot to tackle in the final hours of the 2010 general assembly. christian schaffer live in the state capital with more on what is being done and what is left to do. >> reporter: often frantic few hours of the legislative session before the votes go to the general assembly. at the end of the session, midnight tonight, on the house side they will come back in at 5:00. we're at 5:00, annapolis time. that means they will come in, in about 10 or 15 minutes. one of the big issues on the house side, the drunk driving interlock devices. the senate would pass a bill to force more drunk drivers to have them installed in the cars. on the senate side the issue is about the punishment for registered sex offenders. there's been some debate over two bills which really stem from the murder of young sarah foxwell on the eastern shore.
there's been a lot of talk of reforming sex offender legislation in maryland they want to increase prison sentences for people convicted of second degree rape or second degree sex offense. right now the mandatory minimum sentence is five years. the senate would like to increase it to 20 years. house version of the bill, 15 years. there's been a debate as to which version would win out. it appears now the house version will win out but for a time the delay like that could put the legislation itself in danger so today the mother of sarah foxwell came to annapolis to try and make sure it doesn't happen. >> i'm aggravated. i want to see them step up and make this happen. our children need this. i as a pranlt and the rest of us, as parents are our children's best advocates. they need to step up and get this done. >> reporter: another bill is about text messaging while driving. you remember last year the senate made it illegal to send
text messages while driving. this year the debate is also whether to make it illegal to read them. a lot of the bills come to the wire. we'll be watching it all night and let you know how it goes. a bike ride to honor a bicyclist killed last week in baltimore county. a group of 50 bikers rode from west baltimore to annapolis to push for a bill that would make cycling on state roads safer. the new law would require bikers to pass them at a distance of three feet. maryland lawmakers may change legislation to help struggling private schools by providing grants instead of tack -- tax credits. advocates told the house ways and means subcommittee there may be constitutional issues with the state providing direct funding to religious schools. the bill previously created a business tax credit for companies that provide scholarship donations to
private schools. the senate already passed the tax credit version of the bill, backed by the governor. remember, we're going to be updating the final hours of the general assembly throughout the night. when not on check us out at abc2news.com. where everything coming out of the stays -- state house. in baltimore, budget cuts. mayor stephanie rawlings-blake outlined a rather bleak 2011 budget. she says the city has $121 million in a hole that has to be filled. roosevelt leftwich has details. >> reporter: mayor rawlings-blake says they are balancing the budget with $70 million in cuts and $50 million in new revenue sources. in plain english, that means new taxes and fees. the taxes range from increased energy taxes including nonprofits and commercial businesses and bed fees for the 16 private hospitals and colleges to an increase in parking fees and surcharge on beverage bottles less than two liters excluding milk and
juice containers. rawlings-blake says without the cuts and new fees and taxes the city would have to lay off hundreds of workers including police officers and would have to close rec centers, libraries and the police helicopter unit. she said they worked hard on the plan to spread the pain around. >> we've chosen to spread the -- or diversify, not to hit one sector extremely hard but diversify and really give opportunities for people to avoid the tax altogether. >> she says there are ways to avoid some taxes. for example, to avoid the beverage surcharge, buy two liters or drink tap water or milk or juice which is exempt or lower your thermostat to avoid some of the energy taxes by the way. some good news, city property taxes will stay at the same level. city council starts taking up the budget this week. roosevelt leftwich, abc2 news.
50s, probably the 40s by daybreak. we'll talk more with the dip in the temperatures, when we bounce back to 70s and also when we have a best shot at rain tomorrow coming up. kennedy cousin michael scaigle has lost his bid for a new trial in the 1975 killing of the 15-year-old neighbor. connecticut paper upheld the murder decision in a 4-1 decision. he was sentenced to 20 years no -- to life in 2002 for beating martha moxley to death with a golf club. the tragedy continues in west virginia. searchers back in the coal mine this morning trying to recover the last nine bodies from the explosion that killed 29 men. high methane gas readings prevented searchers from going in the mine yesterday. today they are using fans to help the ventilation systems and clear some of the dirty air. federal investigators are trying to figure out exactly
what caused the explosion. this is the worst u.s. mining disaster since 1970. poland is in mourning. investigators say the tragedy may be due to human error. there were no technical problems and russia's airport says the pilot was flying too low in the fog, missed the runway when trying to land. both russia and ukraine declared a day of mourning today and tens of thousands filled the streets to pay final respects to the president. the vatican is telling high-ranking clerics if they discover sexual abuse by police they should report it to the police. it's part of response that they avoided years of abuse. it's spelled out on the virginia tech can web site. -- vet can web site.
"the new york times" reports federal regulators are deciding whether the company should dig deeper for failing to have timely notice on defects and letting drivers find out the hard way. here's diana avillar. >> reporter: toyota's delay in reporting mechanism problems already cost the cost $64 million, the largest fine ever for an automaker, maximum under american law. >> it's gone on record saying they wish they could fine toyota more. >> reporter: according to a letter from the national transportation safety board, a second fine may be assessed. based on documents that show toyota knew of two separate defects related to acceleration. in all, ntsa said they would have levied a fine of nearly $14 billion had it been allowed. experts say the tough talk from washington is a sign that lax standards will not be tolerated. >> toyota once was considered an invincible brand. clearly have take an fall here. i think a lot of other
automakers are going to pay a lot more attention to any issues that come up. any customers reporting problems. >> reporter: however, the fallout from this safety crisis may not be as bad as once thought. march sales were much better than expected. a result analysts credit to aggressive price slashing and incentives. toyota has until april 19th to appeal the fine. if it appears, ntsa plans to refer the matter to the department of justice for possible civil action. diana avillar, abc news, chicago. an anne arundel county man faces charges tonight for shooting at a sheriff's deputy. why deputies were at his house and why he may have believed he was protecting his family. a new program in baltimore to investigate dementia. we'll tell but a virtual tour that helps better understand the disease. plus, is spanking your child good or bad form of punishment? the answer in tonight's "health alert." baltimore certainly 72 degrees.
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if you're listening stop what you're doing. come to the tv for a quick second. we want to keep showing you this picture of this little boy, found in laurel in howard county late this afternoon in the parking lot of laurel woods elementary school. he's about 2 or 3, as you would imagining, can't communicate well. found after 2:00. police can't find his parents. he has a small scar on the center of his forehead. anyone who recognizes this child is asked to call police at 911. we'll keep showing you the pictures, hopefully we can find his folks. we're going to start in santa clarita, california, five people dead after a highway pile-up in a rainstorm. firefighters scrambled to save some victim trapped in the wreckage.
four vehicles were involved. an investigation is underway. a fast-moving fire left dozens of people in manhattan homeless. a seven-alarm fire tore through four chinatown buildings last night. three tenants in an apartment building are seriously hurt, two in critical condition. three firefighters were also hurt. the fire appears to have broken out on the first floor of a business. the cause of the fire remains under investigation. the longtime home of the dallas cowboys is now just a memory. after six months of planning it only took seconds to turn texas stadium into a huge pile of concrete and twisted medal. they move from texas system to irving, to cowboys stadium in arlington after the 2008 season. clean-up is expected to take until july. every 70 seconds someone is
is diagnosed with alzheimer's. the most common form of dementia. it destroys brain cells, causes memory loss. for those living with it and their families the disease takes a huge toll. abc2 news sherrie johnson headed to arden court assisted living facility where they had a task to help families really understand the disease. >> reporter: sharon and robert have parents with alzheimer's. they are at arden court assisted living facility to take part in the virtual dementia tour. a chance for them to experience what their parents live everyday. >> i already really know my dad but as things progress i think it will help with the frustration level that i might experience with him, and when you understand something there's less fear. and when there's less fear there's less anger. you have a tendency to connect with somebody on a different
level. >> reporter: as part of the virtual dementia tour the staff simulates things a person with alzheimer's experiences. first, the staff pours popcorn in the chute to simulate pain in their feet. second, they wrap the hands in tape and place lentils in the gloves to show arthritis pain. third, goggles represent tunnel vision. and the participants put on head phones listening to a cd of a large crowd of people talking which can be disorienting. >> very disoriented and pretty helpless sometimes. i thought i could handle it. then when we get walking and all these distractions going at the same time the sound in the eersz and the fingers that didn't work and the feet that were very uncomfortable. >> reporter: on top of all that staff members give sharon and robert several tasks to perform. they must enter this room and find certain items and write their names on paper which
proves to be tough. >> i felt my heart rate go up. i was very disoriented. it just was nothing like anything i've ever experienced. >> reporter: every 70 seconds someone is diagnosed with alzheimer's disease. and that's why organizers here say it's important for family members and caregivers to learn about the progression of the disease. >> to have them just temporarily walk in someone's shoes who has alzheimer's. so they can get a full grasp of what our residents deal with daily. >> reporter: for sharon and robert it's hard to watch your parents deteriorate from the person they once were. >> he's not the same person he was. never be that person again. but we were thankful for him being here and we share a
little humor. so i get in the car one day and he goes, how long you been driving? i thought it meant coming here, i said 15 minutes. he said, ooh, i'm getting out. every now and then you get a little something going on in the head, it's fun and you're glad for those moments and you just try and get as much as you can. >> reporter: with the virtual dementia tour behind them sharon and robert feel they will be able to relate to their parents with alzheimer's much better. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >> there are 60 arden court facilities across the country. the virtual dementia tour is for family members and health care workers. for more information on the tour call 410-847-9400. no complaints. >> yeah.
after this week temperatures bounce back up. april we go back and forth. it's a good monday. would have been a nice one to maybe extend that weekend. take that extra day off. still very nice out there. we're still at 70. bwi marshall, a little warmer than that. i want to show you today our weathernet camera at the maryland science center. you can see the clouds in motion today. very thin. high thin cloud cover, mostly blue skies. temperatures soared quickly above 70 degrees downtown. that is where they still sit but a very weak cool front has come through. you ploabl haven't noticed it yet but if you look to the west you can see that cloud boundary push through. behind it there's cooler air filtering in as we speak. high temperatures today up in
the low 70s. 72 from downtown at the maryland science center. 77. but cooler north of us. you can see temperatures continue to cool off this evening. we don't have a lot of wind, but you can see the numbers beginning to cool off into the 60s. that is going to be a change for us temperaturewise. dropping in the 60s and 50s. probably the 40s by daybreak. at least in the suburbs. you can see statewide now temperatures, again, many spots falling into the upper 60s. still hanging on to 70 at bwi marshall but there's a cooler north wind beginning to flow in. it will keep the humidity nice and low but also drop our temperatures. we'll see an upper air disturbance tomorrow to briefly bring us rain. five sweeps on maryland's most powerful doppler radar. it's a clean sweep but we expect that to change by this time tomorrow. you can already see a little bit of cloud cover building in wack into southwestern pennsylvania. as we work into the day tuesday more and more cloud cover, less sun and chance of rain. you can see that bottom edge of that next disturbance already up towards wisconsin. for the moment, a cooler
pattern with the cool front just south of us. it's a weak front. won't crop us much but what will cool us down tomorrow, on top of the cool front, we won't see as much sun and rain-cooled air will be likely. you can see by midday the chance of rain comes in. it could be a shower on the lunch hour. then a slick commute, probably at least damp roadways tuesday evening. give yourself a little extra time if you have to commute tomorrow night. otherthan that, quick mover. dry and sunny and warmer into wednesday. tonight, 44, clouds on the increase. cool north winds. notice by tomorrow things will be cooler. 55 is probably it. the clouds and cool north winds and some rain-cooled air. showers into the evening tomorrow. we clear out. just have variably cloudy and cool. tomorrow back up to 63. then i think we're warmer thursday and friday as we get back into the 70s. not a bad mix.
to discipline kids many parents use the age-old method of spanking. coming up, some doctors say it could do more harm than good. why hitting your child's backside could bring out their dark side. and, an american family finds they can't discipline their adopted russian son. why sending him back to his native land is causing an uproar from the russian government. [ male announcer ] are you watching cable?
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how do you paint change? students with paint brushes bringing social justice to baltimore. that and more coming up at 5:30. parents who spank their children may be doing more harm than good. a leading doctors group says whacking kids in the backside can actually backfire. dr. timothy johnson tells us why. >> reporter: there's a time-honored phrase that says spare the rod, spoil the child but a new study from the american academy of pediatrics suggests that corporal punishment may actually increase aggressive behavior in young children. a survey of 2,500 mothers reported in the may issue of the journal pediatrics showed that children spanked frequently at age 3 were more likely to display aggressive behavior by age 5. in the study mothers were asked how frequently they spanked their children in the past month and asked about the
level aggression their children exhibited afterwards. researchers also use factors including the parents' stress level, alcohol use, history of personal depression and the amount of hostility displayed in the home. mothers with higher risk factors were likely to spank their children more often. despite the american academy of pediatrics opposition to spanking as a method of punishment studies show that most parents in the u.s. approve of corporal punishment and use it to discipline their own children. with this "medical minute," i'm dr. timothy johnson. how is your air travel experience last year? if like most americans, apparently positive. this and much more at 5:30. in two minutes. [ male announcer ] are you watching cable? here's what you should be watching: your cable bill, because you could be paying way too much. stop spending more for second best. upgrade to verizon fios and get tv, internet and phone,
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